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Flannel Archer

ImageHey all! I’ve been trying to do some stash-busting recently, and found this lightweight black and white flannel at the very bottom of my cabinet that I had never quite gotten around to using. So last week, I took my third stab (ahem) at the Archer shirt from Grainline Patterns, and I’m happy to say that this time around it was a success!

ImageMy two past attempts at making the Archer weren’t necessarily unsuccessful, they were just too big. I cut them at a size 8, and convinced myself after my first make that it was supposed to be kind of a loose, not fitted shirt, and that it being maybe a little too large was all in my head. So like a dummy I went and cut another one out of chambray and sewed that one up too. Well, the chambray button-up gets worn sommmeetimmmeess but mostly just sits around in my closet, unloved and unused. So this time around I decided to go down a size and see what happened, and to my delight I think it’s a great improvement! The shirt is definitely supposed to be loose fitting  and comfy, which it still totally is, but cutting it at the right size definitely makes a difference (surprising no one).

ImageHaving the flannel fabric also gave me a chance to do some fun stuff with how I cut it! Like cutting this yoke one the bias and…

Image… cutting the pockets on the bias as well! I think little touches like these are super fun, and I’m trying to have more of them in my sewing.

As far as the pattern itself goes, everything lined up nicely and the instructions are pretty solid. There’s a small confusing bit when you’re attaching the collar stand to the shirt, but luckily Jen has a great sew along on her website that reallyyyyy helps make things clear, especially if you’re a visual learner like me.

Image(Had to include at least one of the many stupid dumb poses I made when photographing myself. There has got to be some trick to not looking stupid or feeling silly when taking these pictures that all of you other awesome bloggers out there have already mastered, and I just have yet to crack.)

I am really loving my flannel Archer now, and am glad I got it done while things are still at least a little bit cool down here in Texas! Soon it will be too hot for anything other than a summer dress or shorts and a tank top, so I gotta wear this business while I have the chance.



The Lady Skaters


Let’s talk some more about knits!

After cranking out a million Plantains (although let’s be real, I’m definitely going to be making more), I decided to dive into a different knit fabric project – the Lady Skater! I actually made a wearable muslin before I cranked these two out, which was incredibly useful because I ended up raising the waistline on the dress by 2 and a half inches so it would fall at my natural waist. I also omitted the armbands and opted to just fold them over and sew them with a long straight stitch.


This version is made with a simple black jersey knit from Joann’s. It’s a pretty stable knit with a bet of thickness to it, so wearing the dress around feels a bit like wearing yoga pants, which is perfecttttt. The neckline is a little weird because I dooped and accidentally cut the neckband with the grain, so it wasn’t as stretchy and I had to add a few inches at the last minute when I realized it wasn’t going to make it all the way around.ImageThe other thing I learned from sewing my original muslin is that using elastic on the waistband isn’t really a suggestion, it’s MUST. Without the elastic the dress was a lot baggier around my waist from the get-go, but once I sewed it into this black version it really all cinched up quiet nicely and now I love the way it fits.




So, recognize this fabric? Well I had a surprising amount left over after I made the cardigan Plantain, just enough in fact to squeeze out a comfy Lady Skater. I was actually surprised I was able to get the whole dress out of this fabric! The Lady Skater pattern is definitely a fabric eater with that circle skirt, so I wasn’t sure it would fit but it totally did and I couldn’t be happier about it.



I really need to be better at remembering to take pictures of the side seems, because by some fabric miracle these match up! This is definitely a little sewing feature that I am starting to appreciate.

Now that I’ve mad some Plantains and a few Lady Skaters, I’ve got my eye on some of the other knit patterns out there (I’m looking at you Parisian Top and Out and About Dress). I’ve also got it in my head to remake a RTW garment my roommate has, which I think I can do if I alter the Lady Skater pattern, but we’ll see! I’m still documenting the backlog of garments I’ve made in the last 2 months, so those might come first depending on how easy or complicated I make things for myself. 🙂

Plantain Cardigan

So I may have mentioned my love for the Plantain pattern in my last post, but Teresa over at Dandelion Drift took it a step further with her cardigan version, and I knew I had to make one for myself. So I did!


This might actually be my favorite thing I have ever made. I think I reallyyyy just love cardigans. I pretty much mimicked exactly what Teresa does for her cardigan (extend the sleeves and the shirt hem by a few inches). I think the only difference is that I made a long neckband to finish the front.


Holy cow I love this cardigan. The fabric is an “Aztec print” sweater jersey knit from Mood Fabrics, and man am I fan. It’s really cozy and warm, great for the chilly evenings we’ve been having (although our chilly evenings are coming to a close here in the South). I get really nervous around fabrics labeled “Aztec” or “Native” or any kind of “Ethnic”. There’s all kinds of weird feelings surrounding popular appropriation and mass commercialization of another culture. I really dig this pattern, but you definitely won’t see me stomping around Austin in a Native American headdress that costs $60 at Urban Outfitters. Weird. Feelings.


But look!! You can kind of see in this picture how I tried to match up the side seams! This was mostly a success, although just because of how intricate the design is it’s obviously not going to be perfect. But almost!!


God what am I even doing, I am obviously still such a newbie at this selfie thing. I sewed most of this thing on my serger, but just hemmed the bottom and the sleeve with two long straight stitches on my regular machine with a walking foot and a ballpoint needle. Does anybody else use a walking foot for sewing knits? I’ve found that it really helps, mostly cause I’m no good at applying even stretch/pressure with my hands as I feed a knit through the machine.


I’m also rockin’ one of my favorite recent jewelry purchases. I’m not much for jewelry normally but this necklace!! It feels like my magical girl transformation stone. I got it at the Renegade Craft Fair during SXSW, and I have been wearing it more days than not ever since. I’ve totally lost the card that came with it, otherwise I’d link out to the Etsy store of the seller! Here’s hoping she’s at the Blue Genie Art Bizarre later in the year, because this necklace you guys.